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Restoring the Dome: The Capitol Gets a New Crown

Behind the two year, multi-million dollar renovation of the global icon

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The United States Capitol Dome. It is the most recognizable symbol of American democracy, and a world-wide icon. And for the last two years, it’s been getting a facelift. Built amid the chaos of the Civil War, the original Dome cost $1,047,291. Even the best-built structure suffers from exposure to the elements, though. So in 2014, the Architect of the Capitol began a two-year, multi-million dollar renovation to repair cracks, remove lead paint and restore the structure to its original splendor. When the current renovations started, Congress knew the ambitious project needed to be completed before the 2017 presidential inauguration. With the scaffolding already coming down, it looks like Congress, for once, will hit its deadline. — Jason Dick

(Bill Clark/Roll Call)
(Bill Clark/Roll Call)


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